Eti­had Air­ways to start Abu Dhabi-Jaipur ser­vices from April 2014

abu Dhabi-Jaipur ser­vices from april 2014

Cargo Talk - - Editorial - RAtAn KR PAuL

The 2013 per­for­mance fig­ures of Eti­had Cargo show that the air­line car­ried a record 486,753 tonnes of freight and mail last year, up a stag­ger­ing 32 per cent com­pared to 2012. In an in­ter­view with Car­gotalk, David Kerr, Vice Pres­i­dent, Cargo, Eti­had Air­ways, talks about the air­line’s strat­egy for 2014.

“l ook­ing ahead in 2014, we’ll see dou­ble digit cargo ca­pac­ity growth con­tinue, as we take de­liv­ery of one Air­bus A330-200 freighter, in ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing new bel­ly­hold cargo ca­pac­ity on the re­cently an­nounced routes from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles, Zurich, Dal­las, Rome, Perth, Yere­van, Jaipur and Me­d­ina,” said Kerr.

Com­ment­ing on the over­all cargo mar­ket trends, Kerr main­tained that Eti­had’s view is broadly in line with that of IATA, which pre­dicts sus­tained cargo growth till 2017, with the UAE be­ing one of the largest in­ter­na­tional freight mar­kets. “Our own cargo busi­ness continues to per­form well, and we see that the fu­ture in this re­gion and in­ter­na­tion­ally is ex­tremely pos­i­tive,” Kerr added. Ac­cord­ing to Kerr, Eti­had Cargo achieved a num­ber of record mile­stones in 2013 and is now ap­proach­ing a US$1 bil­lion busi­ness, rep­re­sent­ing ap­prox­i­mately 20 per cent of Eti­had Air­ways’ trans­port rev­enues. In 2013, the air­line launched a new freighter route to Guangzhou in China; con­sol­i­dated its bel­ly­hold and main deck cargo op­er­a­tions at Frankfurt In­ter­na­tional; took de­liv­ery of three new wide-body freighters; started a round-the-world Boe­ing 747-8 freighter ser­vice with its part­ner At­las Air; launched its Car­goCon­nect cus­tomer loy­alty pro­gramme; and signed a con­tract with Jet­tainer for 250 ul­tra light­weight Unit Load De­vices (ULDs).

Kerr ex­plained that Eti­had Cargo signed part­ner­ships with Sin­ga­pore Air­lines Cargo, Swis­s­port and WFS, and be­came the first air­line in the Gulf re­gion to im­ple­ment Cargo XML. The air­line had a num­ber of record break­ing months in terms of ton­nage car­ried. “In­dia re­mains one of our most im­por­tant mar­kets and that’s re­flected in the sig­nif­i­cant bel­ly­hold and main deck ca­pa­bil­ity

In­dia air cargo busi­ness is one of our top five mar­kets and that’s re­flected in the sig­nif­i­cant bel­ly­hold and main deck ca­pa­bil­ity we con­tinue to de­ploy. We will see a strong de­mand through­out 2014” David Kerr Vice Pres­i­dent, Cargo, Eti­had Air­ways

we con­tinue to de­ploy. We look for­ward to work­ing with our part­ner Jet Air­ways to find op­por­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate value for both our com­pa­nies,” he shared.

Ac­cord­ing to Kerr, the trade be­tween In­dia and the rest of the world is ex­pand­ing rapidly. He added, “In­dian air cargo busi­ness, which is one of our top five mar­kets. We will con­tinue to see strong de­mand through­out 2014.”

The air­line op­er­ates more than 70 pas­sen­ger flights a week to nine In­dian cities – Mum­bai, New Delhi, Chen­nai, Kozhikode, Kochi, Trivandrum, Ahmed­abad, Ban­ga­lore and Hy­der­abad – pro­vid­ing its cargo cus­tomers with sig­nif­i­cant bel­ly­hold cargo ca­pa­bil­ity to and from its Abu Dhabi hub. Jaipur will be added to that list from April 2014, con­nect­ing via Abu Dhabi to all cor­ners of the globe. “Our com­mit­ment to In­dian trade is also served by virtue of the fact that we con­tinue to op­er­ate main deck freighter ca­pa­bil­ity to four In­dian cities – Ban­ga­lore, Chen­nai, Mum­bai and New Delhi, pro­vid­ing our cus­tomers with en­hanced op­tions for ship­ping large goods and larger quan­ti­ties of goods, all over the world with us,” Kerr added.

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